Big Cypress National Preserve opens off-road vehicle trails after 60-day closure

The National Park Service has lifted a temporary closure of off-road vehicle trails in the Big Cypress National Preserve.

The 60-day closure barred motor vehicles from all off-road vehicle trails in the preserve. It went into effect June 3 and was lifted Friday, according to a National Park Service news release.

Off-road vehicles like swamp buggies and four-wheelers are often used to ferry outdoorsmen around the preserve’s swamps and marshes, and the National Park Service has closed the trails yearly since 2002 to give the land a change to recover from heavy use.

Taking a motor vehicle on any of the preserve’s trails requires a special permit, and only 2,000 are issued yearly, according to the Big Cypress National Preserve website.

Some trails in the preserve will remain closed for environmental analysis. Information on trail closures is available at the Oasis Visitor Center at 52105 Tamiami Trail East in Ochopee and online at

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